The North DuPage Special Education Cooperative (NDSEC) recently hosted State Representative Christine Winger (R-Bloomingdale). The NDSEC is a cooperative agreement of school districts in DuPage County, and provides services to nearly 15,000 students with special needs.

The NDSEC assists its nine member districts with special education related services, several of which are located within Rep. Winger’s legislative district. As a local leader, Winger felt it was important to see these educational services available to constituents in her district, and learn more about the services the NDSEC offers.

Dr. Lea Anne Frost, director of the NDSEC, gave Representative Winger a tour of the facilities, including Lincoln Academy, a school in Roselle where Winger got to see firsthand the services provided to the students.

This tour was especially important to Rep. Winger, who previously taught at an alternative school, and has experience working with students with special needs. Winger said that, “Being able to witness an organization that gives students the skills they need to succeed, is extremely encouraging. The Cooperative works to give equal education opportunities to all students, not matter their physical, intellectual, or emotional needs—and this is a vital service to the community in order to improve the quality of life for students with special needs.”

Recently, ComEd invited local legislators to their facilities to educate them on the local infrastructure and help them gain more insight into the power systems currently being used. ComEd has been working with computerized technology that will make energy more efficient, allow for fewer disruptions in service and in the end save consumer money. The visual presentation to the local leaders mostly concerned the smart grid program: a development in progress that will work to increase energy efficiency.  While some automation devices were demonstrated, the group also viewed a smart street light, smart meters, and upgraded technology currently being used in Bloomingdale and Villa Park.

Representative Christine Winger was among the legislators at the presentation. She was eager to learn more about ComEd’s innovative technology, and the role it plays in her district. Winger was recently named to the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Committee in the 99th General Assembly. “I was excited to see the innovative work ComEd has in place throughout the community, an important step to saving money while conserving energy. Being energy efficient is essential to protecting our environment and our communities.”

Pictured Below:  Rep. Christine Winger with Sen. Tom Cullerton, Rep. Deb Conroy, and other ComEd professionals.

As a new member of the Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce, Representative Christine Winger took part in her first event: The 2015 Five Star Business & Health Expo. The event invites members of the local chambers as well as local businesses to advertise and meet other business owners in the area. This event was important to Winger, a new legislator in the 45th district, “I want to be a well-known resource for the community and to inform people that we are open to serve them.” Rep. Winger’s district office is up and running in the heart of Bloomingdale: One Tiffany Pointe Suite G3, Bloomingdale, IL 60108.

Small businesses have always been important to Rep. Winger. Before joining the 99th General Assembly, Winger served on the Wood Dale City Council for eleven years. In that position she advocated not only for the residents of Wood Dale but also for the small business owners. In her new role as State Representative, Winger will continue her work to support her community at the state level. “I look forward to working with not only the business community, but also the residents of the 45th in any way possible.”